When we're not leisurely sipping on some fine whiskey on the rocks, we're mixing up cocktails that pack the spirit's unmistakably serious punch. From the manly Old Fashioned to throwback preparations like a smash, when it comes to classic cocktails, whiskey is clearly king. But that's not to say you shouldn't experiment with new ingredients. Spike your drink with crisp hard cider or sweeten it with a simple honey syrup. The results are refreshing and just as potent.
Named for the famed Los Angeles restaurant, this sweet and sour concoction is balanced with a smooth honeyed heat.
- 1.5 oz. whiskey or bourbon
- 1.5 oz. grapefruit juice
- 1.5 oz. honey syrup (a mix of equal parts water and honey)
In a shaker, add freshly squeezed grapefruit, then the honey syrup and bourbon. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.
A sidestep from the popular negroni, this deliciously bracing drink blends Campari's signature bitter flavor with whiskey's bite.
- 1.5 oz. rye whiskey
- 1 oz. Campari or Aperol
- 1 oz. dry vermouth
- Orange twist
Stir the whiskey, Campari and vermouth together over ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the twist of an orange.
A lighter drink. The dry, sparkling apple flavor in the cider makes for a refreshing pair to the whiskey and bitters.
- 1 oz. Kentucky whiskey
- 4 oz. hard dry cider
(like Stella Cidre)
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
Pour whiskey into a highball glass and fill with ice. Top with cider, a dash of bitters and finish with a squeezed lemon wedge.
As whiskey ages, about 4% of the liquid is lost from the barrel due to evaporation. The distillers call that the "angel's share."